At my horse show yesterday there were about a million little kids as usual. In the warm up ring I was cut off several times by little children darting unpredictably in and out on their ponies. This I am used to. This I can handle. But while I am in my class, that's right in the show ring competing, a very large dirt clod wizzes directly in front of my horses face. It was less than a foot from hitting him directly in my eye. I look over and see the little boy who threw it. His eyes grow wide and his mouth drops open at my glare. I have half the mind to dismount and give him a talking to, but I ride on. I end up placing second on a frazzled horse. Turns out he's not used to people attempting to stone him in the show arena and it made him a little upset. I went and talked to the people running the show after my class and they said they would make an announcement about children staying away from the rail. If they ever actually made that announcement it was after I had left.
I understand that there are a lot of little kids in that show circut. I understand that they are not going to be under control 100% all of the time. But if your kid doesn't know better than to throw rocks at horses than he shouldn't be at a horse show at all. When I think of all the things that could have happened if that dirt klod had hit hershey in the eye my blood boils. I absolutly blame his parents. Teach your kids horse basics before you let him lose at a show. You know like don't stand right behind the horse, watch where you are going when ridding, and don't throw things at horses, especially mounted horses.